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Chris Jones will be out 4-6 months after suffering a knee injury.

Nebraska CB Chris Jones out after surgery, Bob Elliott remembered, Huskers’ chances vs. Ohio State

Erin Sorensen

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Today is Monday, July 17, and it’s time for Big Red Rising.

Bad news for the Blackshirts

Nebraska got some bad news over the weekend about senior cornerback Chris Jones. The Huskers confirmed on Saturday that Jones will be out four-to-six months after undergoing a meniscus repair on his left knee.

Jones recently was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list and was set to represent Nebraska at Big Ten Media Days. Junior safety Aaron Williams will take his place in Chicago next week.

And more bad news

Defensive tackle Deiontae Watts reportedly will not be enrolling at Nebraska. Per Greg Smith of Hail Varsity, the lineman in the 2017 recruiting class did not qualify academically. While he had also signed with Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, Watts’ plans are not yet clear.

As for 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades, his status has yet to be confirmed. He reportedly has not arrived on campus.

Remembering Bob Elliott

The memories and tears flowed Saturday at Bob Elliott’s “Celebration of Life” ceremony in Iowa City. The Nebraska defensive analyst and former Iowa Hawkeyes player and coach passed away July 8 at the age of 64.

One week later, those closest to him gathered to remember and honor Elliott for the bridges and bonds he built.

Elliott’s time at Nebraska was short, but he left an impact, much like he did everywhere he worked. Even to his very last moment, he was unselfish and giving.

So you’re saying there’s a chance…

Does Nebraska have a shot at beating Ohio State in October? According to, the Huskers do have an 11 percent chance of beating the Buckeyes. Sure, Nebraska lost 62-3 to Ohio State in 2016, but there was also the Huskers’ 34-27 victory at home in 2011.

With staff changes and new players at the helm (ahem, Tanner Lee), Nebraska is given a little more leeway with this matchup.

Is that too much credit, not enough, or just right? A poll at the bottom of the article allows fans to weigh in.

Ameer Abdullah returns to Lincoln

As we previously reported, former Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah hosted a youth camp on Saturday. The event benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln, and 90 kids were on hand to learn from Abdullah.

A few current Huskers helped out as volunteers, as seen in photos from the event.

Road race raises money for Uplifting Athletes

In its fifth year, the Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race raised close to $35,000 for pediatric brain cancer research. For a closer look at the event and the player who has dedicated his time to organize it, head over here.

A year in review

Looking back at the 2016-17 college sports seasons, the Omaha World-Herald has compiled the best moments for Nebraska athletics. Topping the list is the baseball team’s Big Ten regular-season title. It’s a nice trip down memory lane as the 2017-18 school year get closer.

What Twitter is saying

Miss anything on Twitter over the weekend? Here’s a quick list of the more notable tweets over the last 48 hours: